‘Kaiku’ helps you get your answers

A short writing format that makes use of two images and a sentence, ‘Kaiku’ aims to highlight social and civic issues

They say communication is better when things are kept short, crisp and clear. Perhaps this is the idea behind practising ‘Kaiku’, a writing format that uses images and short sentences to describe or amplify content.

Under this writing format, two images are used and two to three sentences written to focus on the problem and suggest a solution.

All sentences have to end in a ‘Kaiku’ – the question, explained Major Shiva Kiran, who had co-authored such writing with J.R. Jyoti in the The Hindu Metroplus, way back in 2001.

Major Kiran organised a special exhibition of 33 such works at Paryatak Bhavan on Sunday.

The objective of ‘Kaiku’ was to highlight social and civic issues concerning the city in a subtle manner, just as a Hyderabadi would pose a question and seek a solution, the Major said.

Sarah Mathew, president of the Poetry Society, said the format was unique and attractive as it kept things short and was easy to understand.

In times when most people do not have time to read newspapers or books, this would probably help them highlight issues in their neighbourhood and solve them, may be via social networking sites, she said. The exhibition is likely to continue on Monday as well.

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